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'''Astrology''' is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial objects as a means for divination|divining information about human affairs and terrestrial events. Astrology has been dated to at least the 2nd millennium BCE, and has its roots in Calendrical calculation|calendrical systems used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications. Many cultures have attached importance to astronomical events, and some – such as the Hindu astrology|Indians, Chinese astrology|Chinese, and Maya civilization|Maya – developed elaborate systems for...
PublisherOxford University Press| title = astrology| encyclopedia = Oxford Dictionary of English| accessdate = 11 December 2015| url = https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/astrology}}{{Cite encyclopedia| publisher = Merriam-Webster Inc.| title = astrology| encyclopedia = Merriam-Webster Dictionary| accessdate = 11 December 2015| url = http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/astrology}}{{cite web |title=Wordnik, astrology |url=https://www.wordnik.com/words/astrology}}{{cite book |title=The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy |first1=Nicholas |last1=Bunnin |first2=Jiyuan |last2=Yu |publisher=John Wiley & Sons |year=2008 |p=57 |url=https://books.google.com/books?id=LdbxabeToQYC&pg=PA57&dq=dictionary+philosophy+astrology&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj169fYwtbJAhVP_mMKHSJqAbQQ6AEILzAD#v=onepage&q=dictionary%20philosophy%20astrology&f=false}} Astrology has been dated to at least the 2nd millennium BCE, and has its roots in Calendrical calculation|calendrical systems used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications.{{cite book |last=Koch-Westenholz |first=Ulla |title=Mesopotamian astrology: an introduction to Babylonian and Assyrian celestial divination |year=1995 |publisher=Museum Tusculanum Press |location=Copenhagen |isbn=978-87-7289-287-0 |pages=Foreword, 11}} Many cultures have attached importance to astronomical events, and some – such as the Hindu astrology|Indians, Chinese astrology|Chinese, and Maya civilization|Maya – developed elaborate systems for predicting terrestrial events from celestial observations. Western world|Western astrology, one of the oldest astrological systems still in use, can trace its roots to 19th-17th century Common Era|BCE Mesopotamia, from which it spread to Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome|Rome, the Arab world and eventually Central Europe|Central and Western Europe. Contemporary Western astrology is often associated with systems of horoscopes that purport to explain aspects of a person's personality and predict significant events in their lives based on the positions of celestial objects; the majority of professional astrologers rely on such systems.{{rp|83}}
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